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The Nashville LGBT Chamber Announces Finalists for the 2018 Excellence in Business Awards Sponsored by Curb Records

April 16, 2018


For the sixth consecutive year, CURB Records is the presenting sponsor for the Nashville LGBT Chamber 2018 Excellence in Business Awards on Friday, May 4, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Hilton Nashville Downtown.


Over three hundred business and community leaders are expected to attend this high-profile lunch event to celebrate and recognize the finalists and hear from the winners who were selected for their contributions to Nashville's inclusive business and nonprofit communities.


Tickets and sponsorships are available at the Excellence in Business Awards webpage on the Nashville LGBT Chamber's website.


Over 100 people and organizations were nominated across seven categories. Nominees completed questionnaires describing their accomplishments over the last twelve months. Questionnaires were scored by an awards committee made up of a diverse group of LGBT Chamber members and former award winners. The nominees who receive the top three scores are the finalists in that category. All current LGBT Chamber members will be allowed to vote for one deserving winner in each category to add to the judges’ scores of each finalist.


Winners will be announced at the event on May 4.


Nashville LGBT Chamber CEO, Lisa Howe, said about the event, “The Excellence in Business Awards is an inspirational day for the LGBT Chamber and our community. This unique and exciting lunch event attracts our largest, most attentive, and most influential audience. It is a great crowd in front of which to share these powerful LGBT-inclusive success stories.” 


Finalists were introduced at the LGBT Chamber’s March Brewing up Business which was held on March 22nd at the Aertson Kimpton Hotel. 


Corporate Diversity
2017 Winner - Waller
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Postmates, Inc.


Small Business Diversity
2017 Winner - The Turnip Truck
Concept Technology, Inc.
MediCopy Services, Inc.
SnapShot Interactive 


Entrepreneur of the Year 
2017 Winner - John Dyke, The Turnip Truck
Phil Cobucci, BAM! Social Business
Elliott Noble-Holt, MediCopy Services, Inc.
Ron Sanford, Ron Sanford Productions
Business Leader of the Year 
2017 Winner - Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director & CEO, Nashville Ballet
Sara McManigal, VP Talent & Organizational Development, Planview, Inc.
David Plazas, Community Engagement Editor, The Tennessean
Kimberly Stephan-Tate, Director of Quality, Asurion


Ally Award 
2017 Winner - Sean Henry, CEO & President, Nashville Predators 
Lacey Culton, Sr. Visual Merchandise Presentation Specialist, Cracker Barrel
Bethany Mason, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Dollar General
Kim Totzke, COO, The Turnip Truck


Community Service Award
2017 Winner - Nashville Launch Pad
Mac, Pageant Director, Mac Productions
Ron Sanford, Owner, Event Designer, Ron Sanford Productions
Joe Woolley, Owner, Consultant, Get it Done Solutions


Leadership in the Arts Award
2017 Winner - OZ Arts Nashville
T.K. (Thunder Kellie) Hampton, Executive Director,
Don Schlosser, Artistic Director, Nashville in Harmony
Noah Spiegel, Managing Director, Nashville Children’s Theatre




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